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A Rat Chef Dishes Up Delights...Bon Appetit!,
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This review is from: Ratatouille (DVD)
Once again, the creative minds behind Pixar have created enchantment ... possibly their best film in years. Everyone loves Ratatouille...even though he is a rat in the kitchen.
Indeed, the idea of rats in an upscale restaurant would normally have us run for cover. Nevertheless, the movie successfully blends the themes of the Ugly Duckling with Cyrano de Bergerac to come up with a fantastic story. Remy is a simple rat with an extraordinary nose. His idol is a great French chef who lectures on the Food Channel. "Anyone Can Cook" is his mantra. So when Remy and his rat family have to leave their homes, Remy accidentally ends up in the very kitchen of this great Chef. Alas, the great chef has passed away, and the food standards are falling, as well as the Michelin stars. To reverse this trend, Remy - the rat - teams up with a clueless scullery boy in the kitchen to whip up some wonderful recipes. Indeed, the rat's food creations are a hit with the customers. The problem, as in all Cyrano stories, is that no one knows who is really behind those wonderful recipes. And most important, will the most difficult restaurant critic in Paris condemn or praise the food that Remy prepares?
Everything about this film is wonderful...the streets of Paris are recreated in rich colors and exquisite detail. I haven't seen a European city look this good in an animated film since Disney's "Pinocchio." Yes, it is definitely worth experiencing this delight on Blu-Ray. Oh my, even the French copper pots look authentic.
The most wonderful moment of the film is the food review given by Anton Ego - one of the "big" restaurant critics of France - of the menu prepared by the rat chefs. And what is so memorable is how "poetic" his review is. This is a testament to the excellent care to the script writing by the Pixar team.
On another point, I laughed hysterically throughout the film...particularly the times when the rat conceals himself in a chef hat and rides the garbage boy like a cowboy on a bronco. Please don't miss this treat. Highly recommended.
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Initial post: Nov 9, 2007 9:46:39 PM PST
Peter D. Suh says:
My favourite part of the film is when Anton Ego is writing his review about Ratatouille. Every word he says is so perfect. It is very thoughtful and enlightening, and it showed me a new world in art of culinary and the life of a critic. It left me a very deep impression. I hope future Pixar movies bring out more of these gems that would make people like me appreciate animation more.
In reply to an earlier post on Aug 16, 2008 6:27:38 PM PDT
How about clueless boss.......how he has got to that position ??
And he is loosing ?!!
And the most talented, brilliant professional ......being "nobody", a rat, chased and persecuted ...sounds like real life in a modern corporation.
Isn't it ?
Unfortunately (fortunately !) movie has a happy end, not like in the real life.
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